And not just Sher Khan, the character 'Kabuliwalla' in story by that name penned by Rabindranath Tagore too figured in PM Modi's speech to Afghan Parliamentarians, as did the successes of Afghan cricket team to highlight the strong cultural and people-to-people bond between the two peoples.
Addressing the Afghan Parliament today with numerous references emblematic of the warm, age-old ties, PM Modi lauded the Afghan people for their valour, courage and magnanimous friendship and then went to recite lyrics of a song in Zanjeer filmed on 'Hindi cinema's most favourite Pathan character - Sher Khan'.
"Yaari hai imaan mera, yaar meri zindagi" a smiling Modi said and then translated it for Afghan Parliamentarians, that "friendship is my faith and friend is my life."
This, he said, is how India views Afghans in its centuries long relationship, the Prime Minister said.
And as he pressed for an improved scenario where Indians and Afghans can jointly work towards economic prosperity, he reffered to Tagore's 'Kabuliwalla'.
Modi said that he hoped for more free movement between the people of the two countries so that 'Kabuliwalla' can again come to India and win hearts.

The Prime Minister was addressing the Afghan Parliament here after inaugurating its swanky new building that was built by India at a cost of USD 90 million during his day-long visit.


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